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Yoruba Bata Goes Global: Artists, Culture Brokers, and Fans (Hardback)
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Yoruba Bata Goes Global: Artists, Culture Brokers, and Fans (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 07/03/2008
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Responding to growing international interest in Yoruba culture, practitioners of bata performance - a centuries-old drumming, dancing, and singing tradition from southwestern Nigeria - have presented themselves to the world as an emblem of traditional Nigeria. Locally, however, the market for bata has been declining as it plays less of a ritual role and opportunities for performance have dwindled. Debra L. Klein's lively ethnography explores this disjunction, in the process revealing the world of the bata artists and the global culture market that helps to sustain their art. "Yoruba Bata Goes Global" describes the dramatic changes and reinventions of traditional bata performance in recent years, showing how they are continually recreated, performed, and sold. Klein delves into the lives of Yoruba musicians, focusing on their strategic collaborations with artists, culture brokers, researchers, and entrepreneurs worldwide, and she explores how reinvigorated performing ensembles are beginning to parlay success on the world stage into increased power and status within Nigeria. Klein's study of the interwoven roles of innovation and tradition will interest scholars of anthropology; African, global, and cultural studies; and ethnomusicology alike.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226439549
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 238 x 162 x 22 mm


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" Klein' s writing is fresh and clear and she has a deft eye for detail. What makes her approach so compelling is the developing focus on the concrete relationships, performance genres, transactions, and elements of cultural style which bring together the global dimensions of the study. There is an ethnographic grounding here through which the theoretical debates are addressed and illustrated that is both rare and refreshing. This is a highly commendable book." -- Andrew Apter, University of California, Los Angeles

" Notably, this work revitalizes the importance of anthropological research through careful attention to the quandaries surrounding anthropological collaborations. Rather than surrender under the weight of the most recent critiques of anthropology, Debra Klein perceptively builds from these challenges to offer a thoroughly engaging study of Nigerian Yoru ba performers and the social life of their art form within the grip of late capitalism. Her study is at once accessible to wide ranging audiences while at the same time it tackles many of the urgent concerns of cross-cultural research." -- Paulla Ebron, Stanford University

" Based on profound experiences with Yoru ba drumming and masquerading families begun over a decade ago, Debbie Klein deftly presents stories of fathers and sons following and breaking with tradition, of brothers fighting over status and funding joint enterprises, and of women as daughters and wives standing their ground with grace or fierceness. From an exquisitely-realized close ethnography of the lives of traveling performers, Klein pulls back to theorize global connections by expertly examining the discourses and politics of collaboration, placing Africa in the world in a way that no other ethnography does. Her work is rigorous and imaginative, critical and reflective." -- Carolyn Martin Shaw, University of California, Santa Cruz

"Klein's writing is fresh and clear and she has a deft eye for detail. What makes her approach so compelling is the developing focus on the concrete relationships, performance genres, transactions, and elements of cultural style which bring together the global dimensions of the study. There is an ethnographic grounding here through which the theoretical debates are addressed and illustrated that is both rare and refreshing. This is a highly commendable book."
--Andrew Apter, University of California, Los Angeles (05/22/2007)
"Notably, this work revitalizes the importance of anthropological research through careful attention to the quandaries surrounding anthropological collaborations. Rather than surrender under the weight of the most recent critiques of anthropology, Debra Klein perceptively builds from these challenges to offer a thoroughly engaging study of Nigerian Yoruba performers and the social life of their art form within the grip of late capitalism. Her study is at once accessible to wide ranging audiences while at the same time it tackles many of the urgent concerns of cross-cultural research."
--Paulla Ebron, Stanford University (06/08/2007)
"Based on profound experiences with Yoruba drumming and masquerading families begun over a decade ago, Debbie Klein deftly presents stories of fathers and sons following and breaking with tradition, of brothers fighting over status and funding joint enterprises, and of women as daughters and wives standing their ground with grace or fierceness. From an exquisitely-realized close ethnography of the lives of traveling performers, Klein pulls back to theorize global connections by expertly examining the discourses and politics of collaboration, placing Africa in the world in a way that no other ethnography does. Her work is rigorous and imaginative, critical and reflective."
--Carolyn Martin Shaw, University of California, Santa Cruz (06/08/2007)
Klein s writing is fresh and clear and she has a deft eye for detail. What makes her approach so compelling is the developing focus on the concrete relationships, performance genres, transactions, and elements of cultural style which bring together the global dimensions of the study. There is an ethnographic grounding here through which the theoretical debates are addressed and illustrated that is both rare and refreshing. This is a highly commendable book.
--Andrew Apter, University of California, Los Angeles (05/22/2007)"
Notably, this work revitalizes the importance of anthropological research through careful attention to the quandariessurrounding anthropological collaborations. Rather than surrender under the weight of the most recent critiques of anthropology, Debra Klein perceptively builds from these challenges to offer a thoroughly engaging study of Nigerian Yoruba performers and the social life of their art form within the grip of late capitalism. Her study is at once accessible to wide ranging audiences while at the same time it tackles many of the urgent concerns of cross-cultural research.
--Paulla Ebron, Stanford University (06/08/2007)"
Based on profound experiences with Yoruba drumming and masquerading families begun over a decade ago, Debbie Klein deftly presents stories of fathers and sons following and breaking with tradition, of brothers fighting over status and funding joint enterprises, and of women as daughters and wives standing their ground with grace or fierceness. From an exquisitely-realized close ethnography of the lives of traveling performers, Klein pulls back to theorize global connections by expertly examining the discourses and politics of collaboration, placing Africa in the world in a way that no other ethnography does. Her work is rigorous and imaginative, critical and reflective.
--Carolyn Martin Shaw, University of California, Santa Cruz (06/08/2007)"

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